This is Abbey and our niece Meredith who is 7 months old
Abbey was diagnosed during her stay at Children's with Type 1 diabetes. Of the 25.8 million people in America with diabetes, only 5% are Type 1 diabetics. Because of this, there's a lot of misinformation about this form of diabetes. Abbey will never be able to use diet and exercise to control her diabetes, she requires insulin on a daily basis. Right now she is taking 8 units of insulin at every meal, and 26 units of insulin at night. After 6 months to a year of giving herself injections she will be eligible for a pump.
The hardest part of this has been the very strict schedule she needs to be on for eating/snacking/giving herself injections. She eats at 8am, 12, and 6pm. She must get 60 carbs with breakfast and lunch and 70 with dinner. When she eats her scheduled snacks they must be under 15 carbs. It's has been a task to adjust the crazy teenaged activity schedule of Abbey and Michael to make sure Abbey is eating at EXACTLY those times and with the amount of carbs but Abbey is exactly the person for the job. Abbey is very type A, analytical, organized and practical. She has been enjoying the educational meetings she's been attending and I'm certain next year she'll be leading them.
So. Why did this happen? Well, that's something type 1 researchers aren't so sure about. They think to get type 1 diabetes you must have three things, a genetic propensity, a propensity to autoimmune attacks and (this is the contested point) an environmental or virus trigger. In Abbey's case, my grandfather's family had a few cases of type 2 diabetes (we have no relatives with type 1), she has a thyroid disorder (thus the proneness to autoimmune disorders) and they think the flu triggered her ketosis. It is thought that without the flu Abbey would have eventually gotten diabetes, but in a less dramatic fashion.
Abbey had underwent a full work up by a pediatric endocrinologist on the 30th of October, as she was losing weight and having difficulty concentrating at school (very unlike her) however, at that time she was still having high/normal blood sugars, so the coma she went into on the 18th of November was a complete shock to all parties. In part because of this, we get to help type 1 researchers who are studying triggers for the onset of the disease. The researchers were quite happy to hear Abbey has 6 siblings! It's a nice pool for them to draw data from ;)
Abbey, Israel and our niece Meredith (she's kinda a happy baby, everyone wants a picture with her)
Abbey's support system at home, My parents, and brothers Israel and Michael.